You know when you search for something for months and months, or maybe even years, and you finally find it? Isn’t that just the best feeling?
Well that’s how I’m feeling right now about deodorant. Yes, DEODORANT. I know, weird.
My quest for a natural deodorant started about a year and a half ago. I was careful about what I put in my body but I hadn’t given a thought to what I put ON my body until I read an article about the dangers of deodorant/antiperspirants. It basically said that if you switching NOTHING else in your beauty routine you should at least find a natural deodorant. (I believe that article was this one and then this is another great post as well about why you should ditch the deodorant)
That got my wheels turning and I started thinking about the fact that I was about to have a baby that I was planning to breastfeed and who would quite frequently be in very close proximity to my armpits. I decided to find a better option.
The problem was…well, I’m stinky. Sorry but that’s the truth. Over the past year and a half I have tried ten (that I can remember off the top of my head) different deodorants and NONE of them have worked. It’s funny because I really don’t sweat that much so the fact that I no longer use an antiperspirant isn’t a big deal but for whatever reason natural deodorants just did not work for my body odor.
– Primal Pit Paste (2 different scents, both made my armpits break out)
– Tom’s (didn’t help the smell, not as natural as I first thought anyway)
– Young Living’s deodorant (both scents, neither eliminated the odor)
– Thieves toothpaste (sounds weird but a lot of people in my oils group use it as deodorant with smashing success but it just made me itch and again, didn’t help with the smell)
– Thieves spray (another one that people in my group suggest, but didn’t work for the smell)
– Plain coconut oil mixed with essential oils
– Just essential oils rubbed into my armpits
– Homemade spray deodorant (witch hazel and essential oils…again yet another that did not help the smell)
Really the only thing I didn’t try that lots of people recommend is that crystal deodorant thing. But otherwise I’ve exhausted a pretty big list.
After allllll those deodorants (and I gave them all a fair try, most of them I used the whole entire stick/container because I hate throwing things out) I still hadn’t found something. Within a few hours my armpits just stunk. None of my shirts could be worn more than once in between washings because they stunk. And really, even when I was using the hard-core stuff (Secret Platinum Protection) there was still an odd smell. Not b.o. necessarily, but just a yucky deodorant-y smell that I didn’t like.
So a few weeks ago I finally decided to make my own stick deodorant. I scoured Pinterest and finally settled on this recipe; I had all the ingredients at home except beeswax so I asked a beekeeper friend from church for some and then I was all set. I considered several combinations of oils but decided to keep it very simple and use lavender and tea tree because of how good they are both for skin and for eliminating the yuck that causes body odor.
- 1 TBSP grated beeswax (I get mine from a local beekeeper, you can also buy some here)
- 3 TBSP coconut oil (I get mine from Sams, here’s some from Amazon too)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 5 drops Young Living’s lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Young Living’s tea tree essential oil
Making the deodorant took seriously all of five minutes. I used an old deodorant container that was empty (they also sell them on Amazon if you don’t have an empty one sitting around). I melted the beeswax and coconut oil in my makeshift double boiler (aka a glass bowl partially submerged in a pot of boiling water), added the baking soda and cornstarch, stirred it up, added the essential oils, stirred some more, poured it in the container, and let it sit in the fridge until it hardened.
I didn’t expect much. I figured I’d either break out in a rash or it wouldn’t help the smell at all. But I put it on and off we went.
Let me just shout it from the rooftops that IT WORKS! I was BLOWN away!
I am not kidding, for the first few days of using this deodorant I sniffed my armpits multiple times a day because I just couldn’t believe it.
There was NO smell at all. I mean, nothing. No stink and not even a perfume-y smell. It literally smelled like nothing. Occasionally when I sniff I get a whiff of coconut but that’s it. And the same with my shirts. I would sniff the armpits after I took it off to put it in the hamper and you couldn’t even tell that I’d worn it all day! And I put it to the test too…I went for a long walk outside every day, most days were 80+ degrees, and I sweated a lot but still no stink.
The day after I made my deodorant I taught an online class for my oils team about natural skincare and reducing toxins in your home. I mentioned that I was trying a new deodorant recipe but I wasn’t ready to definitively say if it worked for me until I’d tried it for a bit longer. Apparently there are quite a few people in the same boat as me because I’ve had several tell me they are waiting to hear an update. So here it is folks, this stuff rocks ;). I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and it is amazing! No rash, no stink.
The recipe I used says that the beeswax helps it not to melt in the summer heat and it definitely doesn’t melt like coconut oil would but it does get soft so be careful, don’t push hard when you apply if your deodorant has been in a hot car or outside because it’ll be very soft. Also, for what it’s worth, I found this article about how to balance your ph if your deodorant gives you a rash so I’ll be keeping this one in my back pocket in case it happens again.
The deodorant is in a stick form but it’s not quite the same consistency as a “normal” stick deodorant. It glides on nicely but leaves some white residue that I just rub in with my fingers. That is definitely not a deal breaker for me considering how wonderfully it works but I thought I’d mention it.
And there you go, ladies and gents. My year and a half long quest to banish my stinky pits is over! Hooray!
UPDATE: It’s been almost two years and I’m still using and LOVING this deodorant. It’s absolutely a keeper. I do think that a lot of the stink and rash issues I had at the beginning when I first started trying natural deodorants had to do with detoxing and getting the years of grossness out of my system. Now that I’ve been living a natural(er) lifestyle for several years I think I could go back to the Young Living options or the other options and they’d probably work just fine for me. However, getting through that transition period this was the ONLY thing that did it for me and I love it so much that I’ll probably just stick to it.
I now make this in triple batches (3 tbsp beeswax, 9 tbsp coconut oil, 3/4 cup baking soda, 3/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch, 30 drops essential oil) and it’s the exactly perfect amount to fit in 5 of these deodorant containers.
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